Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Great Egret

Staying with our son & daughter-in-law in Saint Cloud, Florida I was eager to head down Canoe Creek Road looking for wildlife.  As dawn broke Friday morning Chad & I headed in the direction of Joe Overstreet Landing ready for some quality guy time.  We had barely passed the city limits when I had to slow the car for a herd of deer that was undecided about crossing the roadway.

Before reaching our destination I spotted a flock of Wood Storks feeding in a small roadside wetland.  Swinging the car around we grabbed the camera gear and ambled into position.  Our arrival coincided with that of a Great Egret.

The gimbal tripod head allowed me to follow the bird as it came in for a landing

I liked this shot best as the egret flared its wings in preparation for landing.  The composition doesn't suit me but action shooting doesn't always work out a well as hoped for.  These photos were shot very early, the sun was just hitting the tree tops giving the images a very warm glow.

The little wetland had much more to offer than I suspected.  I'll be sharing more in the coming days. 


Ruth Hiebert said...

WOW! These are fantastic shots. I like the warm light.

Montanagirl said...

Gorgeous shots of the Egret! The light is so warm...Nice work.

Elaine said...

Beautiful! In the last shot the touch of the sun on the egret's wings are like a spotlight.

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

These are beautiful!